una·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce unanimity (audio) \

Definition of unanimity

: the quality or state of being unanimous

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Examples of unanimity in a Sentence

in a rare moment of unanimity the club members decided to throw a party for themselves
Recent Examples on the Web Yet ask any grandparent about their willingness to die if that could save the life of a grandchild: There would be near unanimity in willingness to save the offspring’s life. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Fatal high-rise fire raises wider cost and benefit questions," 22 Dec. 2019 Chamber chief executive Jim Rooney, who shepherded these talks, initially strove for unanimity on a package of solutions that these disparate groups from across the state could endorse. BostonGlobe.com, "House Speaker Bob DeLeo made," 31 Oct. 2019 For the sake of unanimity, some of the language was weakened. The Economist, "Oceans are increasingly bearing the brunt of global warming," 26 Sep. 2019 The high court ruled unanimously on demands for documents or testimony against President Richard Nixon in 1974 and President Bill Clinton in 1997, opinions that Chief Justice John Roberts, who favors unanimity whenever possible, likely respects. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court considers President Trump's effort to shield tax returns, financial documents," 13 Dec. 2019 Or an outlying member could throw a wrench in the alliance’s decision-making process, which requires unanimity, therein vetoing the organization into paralysis. Ivo Daalder, Twin Cities, "Ivo Daalder: NATO at 70: Cracks in alliance are significant," 9 Dec. 2019 Both parties’ leaders were rounding up votes as Thursday’s roll call approached, with each side eager to come as close to unanimity as possible. BostonGlobe.com, "BREAKING: House passes impeachment resolution laying out rules for inquiry.," 1 Nov. 2019 And there was almost unanimity among the coalition. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Former U.S. ISIS Envoy on Trump and the Crisis in Syria," 19 Oct. 2019 Both parties' leaders were rounding up votes as Thursday's roll call approached, with each side eager to come as close to unanimity as possible. Matthew Daly, Fortune, "House Approves Rules for Trump Impeachment Probe," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unanimity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 Feb 2020

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“Unanimity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanimity. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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